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Thoughts on Tarp Setups


Some of nylon’s stretch can be mitigated by how the fabric pieces are cut out. Curves etc. in seams and hems can help maintain shape. I far as I know, nylon is still the fabric of choice for shock absorption (parachutes, ropes) and does a good job for shelters suddenly loaded by wind or snow.

It does sag a bit at times from temperature drops or moisture. In something like a pyramid tarp, having a method for adjusting the pole upward to take up slack from within the shelter is nice. If your tarp pole is not adjustable, this could be as simple as having a stone handy to place underneath the pole. If you use outside shear poles, reaching under the hem and pulling the two pole bottoms inward can do the same.

Two wooden poles can be  lasted to hold the tarp up from outside.

Two wooden poles can be lasted to hold the tarp up from outside.

Be sure in any case or fabric type you stake out the hem in the right shape. On a symmetrical 4 sided mid, a diamond shape instead of a perfect square will produce saggy walls with any fabric. Floored shelters are easier to get the stake out pattern correct. On a floorless shelter you could tie tiny cords corner to corner to insure proper and repeatable layouts.

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Bathtub floor for Pyramid Tarps


Silnylon floors for Pyramid Tarps.

This one is for the 10×10′ pyramid (8×8′ plus sidewalls) and weighs 17 oz.

Has 8 tie outs and tie ups around hem to maintain the bathtub type walls. Clips to mitten hooks inside tent. $120 shipped.

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Mid floor

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Case for tent stakes


I bought 4 MSR ground hog stakes for my family to use with a pyramid tarp.
This is a quick simple case you can make to protect the rest of your gear from the stake points.

No drawcord, just a bit of cordura with an opening partly down one side. With 50 feet of light nylon or polyester cord to tie around rocks, logs and trees, I have what I need to anchor the tent in heavy weather.

tent stake case

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Canoeing the Missouri River Breaks in Montana


Canoeing the Missouri Breaks

Canoeing the Missouri Breaks

Water at put in was safe if not tasty.

Water at put in was safe if not tasty.

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Broad, gentle river with some current. Good for beginning canoe-ists. Hoodoo, and dike formations along the river.

Broad, gentle river with some current. Good for beginning canoe-ists. Hoodoo, and dike formations along the river.

Oware pyramid and tarp used together for darker shade on a hot day.

Oware pyramid and tarp used together for darker shade on a hot day.

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Slot canyon with arches and towers makes a good hike.

Slot canyon with arches and towers makes a good hike.

Which side of the tent belongs to the camper ready to go?

Which side of the tent belongs to the camper ready to go?

Driving home through Big Sky country.

Driving home through Big Sky country.

 

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Custom 11×11 pyramid with sidewalls in universal camo


Custom 11×11 pyramid with sidewalls in universal camo
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Steamboat Rock State Park


Central Washington. A short, steep, 1 mile hike to the top for desert views from steamboat rock. Large reservoir with coots and geese. Very tidy campground.

Steamboat rock at sunrise

Steamboat rock at sunrise


 Lake from steamboat rock

Lake from steamboat rock


 steamboatrock-coots


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Mini-mid at Steamboat Rock State Park. 7x7 ft made to fit on top of National Park service rafting frames for river guides on the Grand Canyon.

Mini-mid at Steamboat Rock State Park. 7×7 ft made to fit on top of National Park service rafting frames for river guides on the Grand Canyon.

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Line Locs, How To Add To Existing Tent Tie Outs


Use a 12" or longer piece of 2-3 mm cord. Use a 2 wrap prussic knot on the Line Lock. Form a loop in the cord.

Use a 12″ or longer piece of 2-3 mm cord. Use a 2 wrap prussic knot on the Line Lock. Form a loop in the cord.

Girth hitch (Larks Foot) the loop around the tarp or tent tie out.

Girth hitch (Larks Foot) the loop around the tarp or tent tie out.

Buy linelocs here
http://shop.bivysack.com/product.sc?productId=88&categoryId=10

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Pyramid Tarp, Set Up


Pyramid, Stakes, Adjustable Pole

Pyramid, Stakes, Adjustable Pole

Zip and buckle bottom before staking out

Zip and buckle bottom before staking out

Stake out the four corners. Use a small loop of replaceable cord so wear from rough stake edges will not damage the tent web tie outs.

Stake out the four corners. Use a small loop of replaceable cord so wear from rough stake edges will not damage the tent web tie outs.

Stake corners in a perfect square and slightly stretched. This prevents a diamond staking pattern which will cause one corner to be up in the air.

Stake corners in a perfect square and slightly stretched. This prevents a diamond staking pattern which will cause one corner to be up in the air.

Doors can be tied back and pole inserted after the 4 corners are staked out

Doors can be tied back and pole inserted after the 4 corners are staked out

Additional tie outs can be staked around the hem and the upper center tie outs can be used to gain headroom in windy or heavy snow conditions.

Additional tie outs can be staked around the hem and the upper center tie outs can be used to gain headroom in windy or heavy snow conditions.

A green branch can be used instead of a tent pole sometimes.

A green branch can be used instead of a tent pole sometimes.

Two wooden poles can be lasted to hold the tarp up from outside.

Two wooden poles can be lasted to hold the tarp up from outside.

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Gil’s Photos


“My Oware 9×9 Pyramid is in its seventh season now, and wanted to send a few photos of its life in the wild. It’s been used mostly in Washington state, with a few forays into California and Oregon. It’s been an excellent tent — can’t say enough about it. The two below are at Cache Col in the North Cascades, the first with Mixup Peak in the background.”

Gil's Photos

Gil’s Photos

Gils Photos

Gils Photos

Gil's Photos

Gil’s Photos

Gils Photos

Gils Photos

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Paul B. sent some photos of a ‘mid in the Salmon Range


http://www.fs.usda.gov/bitterrootPaul B. Salmon Range Pyramid a image

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